Current Affairs Today 13th January 2023 Daily GK Update

Daily Current Affairs 13th January 2023 Daily GK Update

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National News

Indian High Commission signed MoU to establish Hindi Chair at Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka

  • The Indian High Commission has signed an MoU with the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka to establish a Hindi Chair.
  • High Commissioner Gopal Bagale and Vice-Chancellor of Sabaragamuwa University Prof. Uday Ratnayake signed an MoU for establishment of Hindi Chair for cultural engagement through Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
  • The Hindi Chair will help to acquaint the students with India, its history, and culture. This will pave the way for popularizing Hindi by appointing Indian faculties.
  • The Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka is a public university located in Belihuloya, Balangoda, Sri Lanka. It was established on 20th November 1991.

About Sri Lanka

  • Legislative capital – Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
  • Executive and Judicial capital – Colombo
  • Currency – Sri Lankan rupee
  • President – Ranil Wickremesinghe
  • Prime Minister – Dinesh Gunawardena

Recent MoUs

  • India signed an agreement with Austria for migration and mobility
  • India & Cyprus sign agreement on defence and military cooperation
  • India and Germany signed Migration and Mobility Agreement
  • India & EU signed an agreement for climate, quantum tech
  • India signed an agreement with Netherlands to formalize bilateral Fast-Track Mechanism
  • India signed an MoU with Japan to advance scientific cooperation for Indian Ayurveda

Centre renamed Integrated Food Security Scheme as Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana

  • The Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved a new Integrated Food Security scheme for providing free foodgrains to Antodaya Ann Yojna (AAY) & Primary Household (PHH) beneficiaries, to be rolled out from 1st January 2023.
  • New scheme has been named as Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY).
  • Implementation of the new scheme has started from 1st January 2023, benefitting more than 80 crores poor and poorest of poor people.
  • The integrated scheme will strengthen the provisions of NFSA, 2013 in terms of accessibility, affordability, and availability of food grains for the poor.
  • For the effective and uniform implementation of NFSA 2013, PMGKAY will subsume the two subsidy schemes of the Department of Food & Public Distribution (a) Food Subsidy to FCI (b) Food Subsidy for decentralized procurement states dealing with procurement, allocation, and delivery of free foodgrains to the states under NFSA.
  • The Central Government will spend more than Rs 2 lakh crore in 2023 as food subsidy under NFSA and other welfare schemes, to remove the financial burden of the poor and the poorest of the poor.

14th edition of the World Spice Congress (WSC) to be held in Mumbai

  • The 14th edition of the World Spice Congress (WSC) is to be held in Mumbai from 16-18 February 2023.
  • Objective – To open up newer opportunities to promote the international trade of Indian spices.
  • The event, organized to create a platform not only for traders but also policy regulators, will have special business sessions dedicated to promoting spice trade among the G20 countries.
  • Policymakers, regulatory authorities, spice trade associations, government officials as well as technical experts from key G20 countries will participate in the event.
  • The theme of the WSC 2023 is VISION 2030: S-P-I-C-E-S (Sustainability, Productivity, Innovation, Collaboration, Excellence and Safety).
  • Union Minister Piyush Goyal will also distribute the trophies and Awards for Excellence in Exports of Spices on 17th February 2023.
  • The WSC is organized by the Spices Board of India.
  • Maharashtra is one of the leading states producing spices. It is the largest producer of turmeric in India. Maharashtra produces two GI-tagged turmeric varieties and one GI-tagged chilli variety.
  • Coastal areas of Maharashtra are also known for the production of GI-tagged Kokum. The state is one of the largest exporting hubs for spices.

PM Modi inaugurated 26th National Youth Festival at Hubbali in Karnataka

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated 26th National Youth Festival, organized in Karnataka from 12th -16th January 2023.
  • Theme of this event: Viksit Yuva – Viksit Bharat.The event also included folk dances and songs.
  • The festival aims to step up the role of youth in nation building during Amrit Kaal. It will be an endeavour to disseminate the message of ‘Panch Pran’ espoused by the Prime Minister in his Independence Day address.
  • The festival brings diverse cultures from all parts of the country on a common platform and unites the participants in the spirit of Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat.
  • Over 7500 youngsters representing the states and Union Territories India have congregated at the festival to exchange their talents.
  • This festival is held every year to provide exposure to our talented youth at the national level.
  • It is being held on National Youth Day (12th January), which is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

PM Modi in News

  • PM Modi virtually inaugurated the 7th edition of the Global Investors Summit in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
  • PM Modi chaired the Annual General Meeting of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Society in New Delhi
  • PM Modi launched world’s longest river cruise from Varanasi to Assam
  • PM Modi flagged off West Bengal’s first Vande Bharata Express train (7th)
  • PM Modi flagged off 6th Vande Bharat train in Nagpur, Maharashtra
  • PM Modi inaugurated 4th Vande Bharat Express in Himachal Pradesh

Axis Bank signed MoU with IISc Bengaluru to set up Centre for Mathematics and Computing

  • Axis Bank has signed an MoU with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru to establish a Centre for Mathematics and Computing at the Institute.
  • The centre spread over 1.6 lakh square feet will have labs and programmes benefitting faculty and students.
  • Additionally, it will host the new IISc BTech programme in Mathematics and Computing and the ongoing Interdisciplinary Ph.D. programme in Mathematical Sciences.
  • Over 500 engineers and scientists are estimated to be benefited annually.
  • The centre will play a vital role in building the country’s future as many contemporary and futuristic areas such as Artificial Intelligence and Data Science rely on the foundations of mathematics and computing.

About Axis Bank

  • Founded – 1993
  • Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Chairman – Rakesh Makhija
  • MD & CEO – Amitabh Chaudhary
  • Tagline – Badhti Ka naam Zindagi

Recent MoUs Signed in Banking Sector

  • Hockey Wali Sarpanch signed an agreement with NABARD to strengthen farmers
  • Axis Bank partnered with OPEN to launch a fully digital current account
  • Niva Bupa and Sundaram Finance signed corporate agency agreement
  • HDFC Bank partnered with Microsoft for digital transformation
  • SBI Card partnered with Punjab & Sind Bank to launch co-brand credit cards
  • Bandhan Bank signed MoU with Defence Ministry for defence pensioners

13th Ministerial-level meeting of the India-US Trade Policy Forum held in Washington

  • Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal has participated 13th Ministerial Meeting of the India-US Trade Policy Forum in Washington DC, USA.
  • Before the delegation-level talks, CIM also held a one-to-one meeting with USTR Ambassador Katherine Tai.
  • The Ministers underlined the significance of the TPF in forging robust bilateral trade ties and enhancing the bilateral economic relationship to benefit working people in both countries.
  • TPF aims to lay the foundation for forging robust bilateral trade ties and enhancing the bilateral economic relationship between both countries.
  • India and US launched a new working group on “Resilient Trade” to deepen bilateral dialogue.

Piyush Goyal in News

  • Piyush Goyal participated 13th Ministerial Meeting of the India-US Trade Policy Forum in Washington DC, USA.
  • Piyush Goel launched Portal for mapping of Industrial Units and Laboratories for BIS
  • Piyush Goel launched right to repair portal for consumers in New Delhi
  • Piyush Goyal co-chairs India-US CEO Forum
  • Piyush Goyal inaugurated 41st edition of the India International Trade Fair (IITF) in New Delhi
  • Piyush Goyal addressed 21st World Congress of Accountants

Banking and Financial

World Bank projected India’s economic growth to slow to 6.9% in FY23

  • The World Bank has projected that India’s economy would grow 6.9% in FY23, which is much lower than the 8.7% growth achieved by the country in the previous financial year (FY2021/ 22).
  • India is expected to be the fastest-growing economy of the seven largest developing economies.
  • The World Bank stated that global growth is slowing sharply in the face of elevated inflation, higher interest rates, reduced investment, and disruptions caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • The World Bank has also predicted that global growth in 2023 would slow to 1.7% from the 3%.
  • This would mark the first time in more than 80 years that two global recessions have occurred within the same decade.
  • In October, IMF had said that global growth is forecast to slow from 6% in 2021 to 3.2% in 2022 and 2.7% in 2023.

Updated GDP List

  • World Bank – 6.9% (FY23)
  • MOODY’S. – 7% (FY23)
  • S&P – 7% (FY23), 6% (FY24)
  • IMF – 6.8% (FY23), 6.1% (FY24)
  • ADB – 7% (FY23), 7.2% (FY24)
  • RBI – 6.8% (FY23)
  • India Ratings – 6.9% (FY23)
  • FITCH RATING – 7% (FY23), 6.7% (FY24)
  • FICCI – 7% (FY23), 6.4% (FY24)
  • OECD – 6.6% (FY23), 5.7% (FY24)
  • CRISIL – 7% (FY23), 6% (FY24)
  • NSO – 7%
  • SBI – 6.8% (FY23)
  • Morgan Stanley – 7.2% (FY23), 6.4%(FY24)
  • Nomura – 7.2% (FY23)
  • UNTCAD – 5.7% (FY23)
  • Goldman Sachs – 5.9% (FY23)
  • UNTCAD – 5.7% (FY23)

About World Bank

  • Founded – 1944
  • Headquarters – Washington Dc
  • President – David Malpass
  • MD & CFO – Anshula Kant
  • Chief Economist – Carman Reinhart
  • Executive Director – Rajesh Khullar
  • Member Countries -189
  • World Bank Group – 5 (IBRD, IDA, IFC, MIGA and ICSID)

India’s fastest payment app ‘PayRup’ launched

  • India’s fastest payment app has launched. PayRup is built by the cutting-edge technology of web 3.0.
  • It provides advanced digital payment experience with outstanding user experience.
  • PayRup users can pay utility bills and landline bills, recharge their mobile, broadband, DTH, and purchase Gift Cards.
  • PayRup services are planned to expand across various financial instruments, including multiple payment services such as school fees, pay rent, and other payment collection services.
  • Recently, PayRup has announced ticketing and booking services for flights, buses, and hotels along with a few other USPs.
  • PayRup opens 24/7 customer care facilities for help and support for users. The customer support desk runs with leading CRM technologies and supports by global standard.
  • PayRup ensures the 5 dimensions of service quality and follows SERVQUAL standard to provide the best service experience.
  • The launching event was hosted in Bangalore and was launched by Mahadevappa Halagatti.

Centre approved ₹2,600 crore as incentive for banks to promote digital payments

  • The Union Cabinet has approved a ₹2,600 crore scheme for promoting RuPay debit cards and low-value BHIM-UPI transactions.
  • The Cabinet has approved this incentive scheme to promote small amount transactions between individuals and merchants through RuPay Debit Cards and BHIM-UPI.
  • Under the scheme, banks will be given financial incentives in the current financial year 2022-23 to promote ‘Point of Sale’ (PoS) i.e. payment machines and e-commerce transactions using RuPay and UPI.
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said in the last budget, will continue to provide financial help to increase digital payments.
  • India has remained a cash-dependent economy since independence. India’s Cash to GDP ratio is 13% while the global average is at most 8%.

Appointment and Resignation

Herbalife appointed Smriti Mandhana as a brand ambassador

  • Nutrition Company Herbalife Nutrition India Private Limited has appointed women’s cricketer Smriti Mandhana as a ‘nutrition sponsor’.
  • It has about 150 sponsored teams and athletes around the world.
  • Many Indian athletes like Virat Kohli, Mary Kom, Lakshya Sen, and Manika Batra have partnered up with Herbalife Nutrition.
  • Currently, she is the vice-captain of the Indian women’s national cricket team.
  • Mandhana’s performance on the field made her the first Indian women cricketer to be recognized as the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year in 2018. The same year saw her winning the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award, a feat she repeated in 2021

Recent Brand Ambassador

  • Sourav Ganguly – Jahaan Bandhan, Wahaan Trust campaign (Bandhan Bank)
  • Anushka Sharma – Puma India
  • Deepika Padukone – American furniture retailer Pottery Barn
  • Virat Kohli – Wearables martwatch leader Noise
  • Prasoon Joshi – Uttarakhand State
  • Janhvi Kapoor – Marico’s Saffola Fittify
  • Deepa Malik – Ambassador of Nikshay Mitra (TB Campaign)
  • Suryakumar Yadav – UrbanGabru (Men’s grooming brand)
  • Neeraj Chopra – Friendship Ambassador of Switzerland
  • Lionel Messi – Byju’s


India successfully carried out test launch of Prithvi-Il ballistic missile

  • Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has successfully launched Short-Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM) Prithvi-Il from the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, Odisha coast.
  • The missile, which is powered by light propulsion twin engines, has a range of around 350 km and can carry 500-1,000 kg of warheads.
  • It uses an advanced inertial navigation system to strike the set target.
  • Prithvi-Il missile is a well-established system. The Prithvi-II was earlier successfully test-fired during night hours in 2018 and in 2019.
  • Prithvi was developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

About Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)

  • Founded – 1 January 1958
  • Headquarters – New Delhi
  • Motto – “Strength’s Origin is in Knowledge”
  • Chairman – Samir V Kamat


Footballer Gareth Bale announced his retirement from professional football

  • Former Tottenham and Real Madrid star, Gareth Bale has announced his retirement from professional football.
  • Bale made his Wales debut in 2006 against Trinidad and Tobago. He has won Wales’ player of the year award six times.
  • Bale was once the world’s most expensive player when he joined Real Madrid for $132 million in 2013 and, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, was a devastating forward capable of surging runs and brilliant goals with his powerful left foot.
  • Bale played a record of 111 games for his country and was a five-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid.
  • He captained Wales in their first European Chamninnahin.

Recently Retired Players

  • Sania Mirza – International Tennis – India
  • Farhaan Behardien – International Cricket – South African
  • Karim Benzema – International football – France
  • Ben Stokes – One Day International Cricket – England
  • Dinesh Ramdin – International Cricket – West Indies
  • Tamim Iqbal – T20 International – Bangladesh

Book and Author 

Mansukh Mandaviya released a book titled Braving A Viral Storm

  • Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya has officially launched the book titled Braving A Viral Storm: India’s Covid-19 Vaccine Story in New Delhi.
  • The book is co-authored by Aashish Chandorkar and Suraj Sudhir.
  • The book launch comes ahead of India’s second anniversary of starting its COVID-19 vaccination drive in January 2021.
  • The book is a transcription of the country’s success story and will be New India’s history.
  • This book has explained the growth of India as a self-sufficient nation where all sections of society contributed to fighting the pandemic.

Recent Book

  • Njaan Sakshi’ (me as the witness) –  K.K. Abdul Gaffar (autobiography); released by MS Dhoni
  • Revolutionaries: The Other Story of How India Won Its Freedom – Sanjeev Sanyal
  • Chief Minister’s Diary No.1. – Released by – Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi; Authored by – Assam CM
  • A book titled ‘Ambedkar: A Life – Shashi Tharoor
  • Forks in the Road: My Days at RBI and Beyond – C. Rangarajan
  • The Indian Navy@75 Reminiscing the Voyage – Ranjit B Rai and Aritra Banerjee

Important day

11 January – National Human Trafficking Day

  • The National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is observed every year on January 11.
  • Objective – To raise awareness about the plight of human trafficking victims, as well as to promote and protect their rights.
  • Human trafficking is the use of force, deception, or coercion to obtain labor or commercial sex acts.


Former Union Minister Sharad Yadav passed away

  • Former Union Minister and RJD Leader Sharad Yadav passed away recently at the age of 75-year in Gurugram.
  • He was elected from Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun parliamentary seat in 1989.
  • He also served as the Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Consumer Affairs from 1999-2004.
  • He contested from the Madhepura Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar in a by-election caused by Lalu Prasad Yadav’s resignation from his seat in 2004. He was elected from Madhepura four times in 1991, 1996, 1999 and 2009.
  • Sharad Yadav was probably the first politician in India to be elected as a member of the Lok Sabha from three states. Sharad Yadav was the convenor of the National Democratic Alliance.


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